Thank you for visiting my website. I am a Holistic, Functional and Environmental Psychiatrist (and artist) and live outside of Louisville, Kentucky. I treat children and adults in my telehealth practice, which currently serves patients in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. I also provide non-patient phone consultations for individuals and practitioners nationally and internationally. I obtained my MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine. My General Psychiatry training was at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Louisville School of Medicine (UofL). I then completed my fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Family Therapy Training at UofL. In my early private practice, I specialized in treating families with children (adopted from international orphanages) with complex trauma.
I was away from medicine for ten years, during which I was raising our daughter and addressing her and my own health issues. During that period, I studied the evolving research into the microbiome, oxidative stress and epigenetics. That decade of research and learning, combined with my personal experience with our family’s health challenges, reshaped the way I returned to my psychiatric career and created my current practice.
After returning to psychiatry, I was fortunate to be one of the first U.S. physicians trained in Advanced Nutrient Therapies by the Walsh Research Institute, where I have served as faculty for the Advanced Practitioner Workshop. I've been a Founding Member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness, and I'm grateful to have studied and/or mentored with a number of pioneers in their respective fields. These include, Dr. Gregory Keck and Arleta James, PCC (attachment and complex trauma), Dr. William Walsh and Dr. Albert Mensah (nutrient imbalances in brain disorders), Dr. Elizabeth Mumper (integrative approaches to autism), Dr. Neil Nathan (complex chronic illness and environmental medicine) and Dr. Carolyn McMaken (the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent in brain disorders).
Throughout my career I have split my time between my clinical practice and writing and teaching. This teaching included “Pragmatic Spirituality,” a discussion group that explored the physiologic and neuroplastic implications of spiritual growth or rather, “listening to one's inner voice/soul/inner wisdom.” Currently I teach through my podcast, the Holistic Psychiatry Podcast.
My intention with this website is to reflect a balanced approach to healing, and to provide information and hope for those with brain related symptoms. My goal is also to provide information for professionals - physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists and others serving those with brain related conditions.